The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

WE’VE all seen what hap­pens when a man­ager gets sacked. The new guy ar­rives, says ‘Right, th­ese play­ers haven’t won any­thing, so they ain’t good enough’. Then, he gets rid of them all and brings in his mates.

Six months later, he’s been sacked, too, and the whole process starts again. The turnover of play­ers is ridicu­lous. The cost of pay­ing peo­ple off is ridicu­lous.

That’s why, at Notts County, we’re do­ing things dif­fer­ently. As head of re­cruit­ment, I see my­self as pro­tec­tion for the club.

Man­agers come and go, but the club will al­ways be there and it needs a phi­los­o­phy, that doesn’t de­pend on the whims of one man.

You just need to look at Wat­ford to see how well it works. The Hor­nets, whose struc­ture is sim­i­lar to ours, went through four man­agers last sea­son and still won pro­mo­tion. That’s not to say our man­ager, Ri­cardo Moniz, is side­lined. We meet ev­ery Thurs­day. We bring each other play­ers. We don’t just chuck a bunch of lads on his doorstep and say ‘There you go, pal, play with those toys’. He’s mas­sively in­volved.

But his ideas match our idea, which is to re­cruit play­ers and add value. That’s why we hired Ri­cardo, who is a fan­tas­tic coach.

We want a coach who con­trols what hap­pens on the pitch. You see 36-yearolds straight out of play­ing who want full con­trol. But why should some­one like that get in­volved with the acad­emy? What does he know about youth de­vel­op­ment? It’s crazy.

Like us, a lot of clubs are now say­ing ‘Hang on, you worry about coach­ing the team. We’ll worry about the staff and the play­ers’.

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